Man drowns in lake in Newfoundland and Labrador after falling out of fishing boat

The RCMP logo is pictured on a police cruiser. (File photo)

A 73-year-old man is dead following a boating accident early Monday in Newfoundland and Labrador.

RCMP say a man and woman launched a small boat to go fishing in Scotch Pond, about 60 kilometres west of St. John's, N.L., at around 6:30 a.m.

They say while starting the boat's engine, the man lost his balance and fell into the water.

Police say the woman made multiple attempts to help the man back into the boat but was unsuccessful.

She then entered the water and pulled his body to the shore.

Police say neither person was wearing a life-jacket, and the investigation is continuing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 2, 2022.